"subclasses" class method is not accessible on ActiveRecord::Base class, but it is on other classes like ActionController::Base.
Knowing the subclasses of AR::Base is pretty useful for every day usage. Currently, I have to resort to the "send hack" to access this information (not considering scanning the ObjectSpace an option).
ActiveRecord::Base.subclasses returns a new Array each time it is called, so should not be possible to affect AR sane behavior by manipulating the array returned.
Patch is attached to the ticket: